Everyone Take a Minute to Get Excited About Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Everyone but Stephen obviously.

Besides this poster the BBC have also revealed a raft of other shows that will be celebrating Doctor Who this autumn. My personal picks (nothing from Blue Peter or CBBC for me) are…

An Adventure In Space and Time
Mark Gatiss scripts an original drama starring David Bradley as William Hartnell; the first actor to play the Doctor. The drama will detail how Doctor Who came to be and should be an interesting if slightly biased film. BBC Two are unlikely to make a film that shows the series in anything but the most reverential light.

Doctor Who
BBC Four will be airing the very episodes that An Adventure In Space and Time explores the production of as the channel shows remastered editions of the first four episodes of Doctor Who with William Hartnell.

Professor Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox (not to be confused with actor Brian Cox who is co-starring in An Adventure In Space and Time) will be giving a lecture on BBC Two about the science behind Doctor Who… or lack thereof I suppose. As a fan of the show and someone with a science degree (ahem) this excites me more than a little.

Me, You and Doctor Who
There are a lot of documentaries covering the history of the show, its monsters and so on, but the only one I want to see is this offering from The Culture Show. In the episode Matthew Sweet explores the cultural significance of Doctor Who and possibly takes it a little too seriously. If I am going to be watching a documentary about a children’s sci-fi show I only want the most pretentious best.

The Day of the Doctor
And then we have the 50th anniversary episode itself. Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt are all playing the Doctor in a feature-length special accompanied by Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper. This is the only part of, what I will now brand as, the Doctor Who Bonanza with an air date so set your TARDIS dials(?) for 23rd November.

For more on the extensive and possible over-egged line-up have a read over at the BBC site.

If you have no love for the show then November is not going to be your favourite month.